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Alaska Airmen Scholarships

The Alaska Airmen are proud to support the growth of aviation as an industry and lifestyle. We partner with aviation legends to award multiple scholarships each year, designed with the next generation of aviators in mind. We all know how expensive the aviation industry is, which is why we are so excited to give over ten thousand dollars towards a career in aviation. Our scholarships are as diverse as the aviation industry itself. High school seniors are eligible, with acceptance letters from aviation schools or recommendation letters from a CFI. If you or someone you know is interested in starting a career in the field of aviation, go to our website for more information on the scholarships and applications.

2019-20 Scholarship Application Period is now OPEN

Information for scholarship applicants:

The Airmen scholarship committee will be reviewing and grading applications for 2019-20 after the application period has ended on February 1st

Scholarship recipients are asked to attend the scholarship awards ceremony at the closing of the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering

Best of luck to our 2019-20 applicants!

Questions should be directed to scholarships@alaskaairmen.org

 

Application Evaluation Timeline

First Application Evaluation Round Begins: February 19th

First Application Evaluation Round Ends: February 25th

 

Second Application Evaluation Round Begins: February 26th

Second Application Evaluation Round Ends: March 6th

 

Finalist Applicants Notified For Interviews: March 8th

Applicant Interviews: March 18th - March 20th

 

Scholarship Recipients Selected: March 22nd

Scholarship Recipients Notified: March 25th

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Scholarships

CHRISTIAN D. BOHRER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $2500

Christian was a successful young flight instructor in Alaska's aviation community, who was always looking to share his passion for aviation. Christian was a natural teacher with a constant focus on safety first. Christian passed away in 2016, at age 20, when the aircraft he was a passenger in was brought down by a bird strike. Christian's passion and aviation spirit will live on through the Alaska Airmen by awarding a $2,500 scholarship in Christian’s honor, continuing to help Alaska residents pursue their dream of becoming a professional pilot.

 

This scholarship awards an applicant $2500 toward the pursuit of a professional piloting career.

JOHN P. CULHANE PROFESSIONAL PILOT SCHOLARSHIP - $2500

To his friends at the Alaska Airmen’s Association John Culhane was known simply as “Jack”. We are honored to be awarding $2,500 dollars to a deserving aviator, in the memory of one of our own.  Jack contributed much of his time to the industry of aviation in Alaska, through his position as Director for the Alaska Airmen Association.  We are proud to carry on his legacy, by helping the Professional Piloting industry grow stronger every year with a scholarship for a career seeking pilot.

 

This scholarship awards an applicant $2500 toward the pursuit of a professional piloting career. 

F. ATLEE DODGE MAINTENANCE SCHOLARSHIP - $2500

Atlee Dodge is a well know name to every Alaskan Aviator. His knowledge of the inner workings of Alaskan Bush planes is unsurpassed and his improvements for all things Super Cub are felt and appreciated to this day. The Alaska Airmen are proud to continue on his journey of airplane advancements by providing $2,500 for a student looking toward Aircraft Maintenance as a career.

This scholarship awards an applicant $2500 toward the pursuit of a professional career in aircraft maintenance.

DON & CAROL BEDFORD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $2500

Don and Carol Bedford were a team. Don had earned his Airframe and Power license and was well on the way to a degree in aeronautical engineering when he felt impelled to join the workforce at Lockheed Aircraft at the outbreak of WW II. Don later joined the Army Air Corps where he eventually joined the Aviation Cadet program. He was transitioning to fighters when the war ended. He returned to Lockheed where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Tony LeVere and Howard Hughes and worked on the P-80 program. In 1947 Don took a job with Alaska Coastal Airlines in Juneau where he stayed through a series of mergers to retire from Alaska Airlines in 1993. Carol was from the Chicago area where she attended business school. She traveled to Alaska on a whim took a job at Alaska Airlines where the two met. Don was one of the first authorized inspectors in Southeast Alaska, an area where he remained active throughout the rest of his life. He also flew and restored small aircraft. Carol supported Don in all his endeavors, kept up with the billing and paperwork and “tended the home fires”.

 

This scholarship awards an applicant $2500 toward the pursuit of a professional career in aircraft maintenance.

BOB REEVE AVIATION MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIP - $2500

The original “Glacier Pilot”, Bob Reeve is an undisputed legend in Alaska for the creation and management of his Airline, Reeve Aleutian Airways. A company that served wild Alaskan villages and remote islands for over 70 years. He knew better than anyone the skill, patience and effort required to manage pilots. The Alaska Airmen award $2,500 every year in his honor to an individual seeking a career in Aviation Management, Dispatch or ATC.

This scholarship awards an applicant $2500 toward a career in aviation management (to include areas of operations, safety, & education), dispatch, or a career in the ATC field.

BOB ELLIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP SOUTHEAST – $500

A war hero and pioneer aviator, Bob Ellis’s passion for aviation was equaled only by his commitment to Southeast Alaska. From making history in amphibious airplanes, to creating an airline that ultimately became what we know as Alaska Airlines, to becoming Ketchikan’s town mayor and two term Territorial Legislature Senator.  Bob’s enthusiasm for aviation in the Southeast is carried on by the Alaska Airmen by awarding a $500.00 scholarship to a Southeastern Alaska Resident.

This $500.00 scholarship is open to residents of Southeast Alaska who intend to pursue a career in the aviation industry. 

JOE STANCIL JR. FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP- $3000

For would-be pilots looking towards aviation as a life goal and not a career, the Alaska Airmen partner with Joe Stancil Jr. to award a $3,000 private pilot scholarship. This scholarship is open to all Alaska residents who are in pursuit of their private pilot license and are planning to fly in Alaska.  This includes building hours in the cockpit toward their private pilot license. Proof of ground school participation via letter from instructor or course transcripts and CFI letters of recommendation will be required.

This scholarship awards an applicant $3000 toward a Private Pilot License.

LAKE HOOD PILOTS SCHOLARSHIP- $500

The Alaska Airmen is awarding this $500 scholarship provided by the Lake Hood Pilot's Association to assist an individual working towards attaining their Private Pilot Certificate, either as an end goal or a stepping stone toward a professional piloting career.

This scholarship is open to all Alaska residents interested in or currently pursuing their private pilot certificate either through a part 61 or 141 flight school.

Scholarship funds may be used to cover ground instruction, dual and solo time, as well as covering check ride costs.

This scholarship awards an applicant $500 toward a Private Pilot License.

MORE SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE ANNOUNCED

As part of a recent commitment to considerably strengthen our scholarship program through additional funding, the Airmen's Association has decided that there will be an undisclosed number of scholarships distributed in 2020 and beyond.

We ask that applicants apply for other scholarships as usual while we determine the intricacies of these untitled awards.

Please keep posted for more details!

2020 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SCHOLARSHIP WRITING SKILLS:

Our Helpful Guide to Writing an Award Winning Scholarship Application

APPLICATIONS CAN BE EMAILED TO:

Email: scholarships@alaskaairmen.org

Toll-free: 1-800-464-7030 | Fax: 1-888-558-1684

2019 Scholarship Recipients

Leo Hicker

Leo Hicker

Joe Stancil Jr. Flight Training Scholarship

Shiann Nanalook

Shiann Nanalook

Joe Stancil Jr. Flight Training Scholarship

McKenna Mitchell

McKenna Mitchell

John P. Culhane Professional Piloting Scholarship

Ashely Fitzsimmons

Ashley FitzSimmons

F. Atlee Dodge Maintenance Scholarship

Abram Leigh

Abram Leigh

Bob Ellis Memorial Scholarship

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Leo Hicker

Leo Hicker

Joe Stancil Jr. Flight Training Scholarship

Shiann Nanalook

Shiann Nanalook

Joe Stancil Jr. Flight Training Scholarship

McKenna Mitchell

McKenna Mitchell

John P. Culhane Professional Piloting Scholarship

Ashely Fitzsimmons

Ashley FitzSimmons

F. Atlee Dodge Maintenance Scholarship

Abram Leigh

Abram Leigh

Bob Ellis Memorial Scholarship

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Hannah Markwood - Joe Stancil Jr.

Hannah Markwood

Joe Stancil Jr. Flight Training Scholarship

Griffin Kellar - John P Culhane

Griffin Kellar

John P. Culhane Professional Piloting Scholarship

Emma Apitzsch - F Atlee Dodge

Emma Apitzsch

F. Atlee Dodge Maintenance Scholarship

Luc Rondeau - Bob Ellis

Luc Rondeau

Bob Ellis Memorial Scholarship

Josh Blom – Alaska Airmen Scholarship

Josh Blom

Alaska Airmen Scholarship